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PREVIEW: Green Valley vs. Basic (NV)

September 3, 2013

HENDERSON, NV – The Green Valley Gators and the Basic Wolves will meet once again in the annual “Henderson Bowl” on Saturday at 10 p.m. (EST) The game, which will see about 4,500 fans in attendance at Green Valley High School, is part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

Green Valley and Basic have met every year since Green Valley’s doors opened back in 1991. Green Valley leads the all-time series 14-8 and has won two straight, including last season’s 31-27 tight one.

The Gators, coached by Brian Castro, went 9-2 last season, coming up just shy of making it to the state semifinals. They opened the season with 41-7 loss to Basha (AZ) last Friday night.

Returning for Green Valley are a couple of standout players, including junior quarterback Christian Lopez, senior receiver Markus Varner (611 yards and 7 TDs), senior offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby (committed to Oregon) and senior placekicker Conor Perkins (offer from UNLV), who hit a couple of game-winning field goals last season, including one for the team’s first league title in over 20 years.

The Wolves are coached by Jeff Cahill and finished 6-4 last season. Gone is the quarterback-receiver combo of Jaylen Rose and Devonte Boyd. Rose threw for 2,151 yards and 25 TDs, while Boyd, a UNLV commit, capped off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with 1,081 yards and 18 TDs. Taking over will be do-it-all senior Antraye Johnson, who had 921 rushing yards, 582 receiving yards, 154 passing yards and 20 total TDs.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.